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Ranking All of Lucas' Work

Discussion in 'Lucasfilm Ltd. In-Depth Discussion' started by WriterMan, May 19, 2014.

  1. Chancellor Yoda

    Chancellor Yoda Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    1. ESB
    2. ANH
    3. The Last Crusade
    4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    5. ROTJ
    6. ROTS
    7. Temple of Doom
    8. TPM
    9. AOTC
    10. The Crystal Skull
    11. The Holiday Special.
     
  2. Rachel_In_Red

    Rachel_In_Red Jedi Master star 3

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    Going off of darth car's list, since I have seen all of those:

    1. ESB
    2. ROTLA
    3. ANH
    4. TLC
    5. ROTJ
    6. ROTS
    7. TPM
    8. AOTC
    9. TOD
    10. TCS
    11. THS
     
  3. Ingram_I

    Ingram_I Force Ghost star 5

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    Whoa. Massive undertaking, at least in terms of raking one's career. As tempted as I am to simply rank the Star Wars trilogy as one or the Indy series as one (or even together tied for 1st place) such would kinda defeat, or at least deflate, the purpose of the thread. And no one likes a cop-out. So I guess that means I gotta buckle down and rank as thoughtfully as I can. To make matters more complicated, I'm not merely ranking Lucas on his own accord but Spielberg, Coppola and *gulp* Kurosawa as well, along with numerous other directing talents. I am allowing myself but one compromise: a two-film only tie for the No. 1 spot. Otherwise, here goes...

    28. Howard the Duck
    27. More American Graffiti
    26. Radioland Murders
    25. Powaqqatsi
    24. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
    23. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
    22. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
    21. Willow

    20. Latino
    19. Twice Upon a Time
    18. Labyrinth
    17. Red Tails
    16. The Land Before Time
    15. Body Heat
    14. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
    13. American Graffiti
    12. Kagemusha
    11. Tucker: The Man and His Dream

    10. THX 1138
    9. Revenge of the Sith
    8. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    7. The Phantom Menace
    6. The Empire Strikes Back
    5. Star Wars
    4. Temple of Doom
    3. Return of the Jedi
    2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    1. Attack of the Clones / The Last Crusade
     
  4. Rachel_In_Red

    Rachel_In_Red Jedi Master star 3

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    What in the world do you see in AOTC to rank it ahead on films such as ESB and Raiders?
     
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  5. Ingram_I

    Ingram_I Force Ghost star 5

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    Well, I don't necessarily think it's a better movie than Raiders or Empire, or for that matter any of the other installments from either series. I just find it to be a rather elegantly bizarre and experimental work of pulp storytelling and pop-art ...in a way and to a degree to which I'm partial. I think it's Lucas at his most eccentric, at least concerning Star Wars.
     
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  6. Rachel_In_Red

    Rachel_In_Red Jedi Master star 3

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    Well, okay. :)
     
  7. Darth Zannah

    Darth Zannah Jedi Knight star 3

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    Where's young indiana jones chronicles?
     
  8. Darth Zannah

    Darth Zannah Jedi Knight star 3

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    Can you explain the expressionistic/experimental qualities to me? Seriously I'd like to know.
     
  9. darthtimetraveller

    darthtimetraveller Jedi Knight star 3

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    The Star Wars Saga (specifically Episodes 3, 4, 5, and 6 for the most part) and Raiders of the Lost Ark are classics for the ages. I luv these films. ESB, RotS, and Raiders are among my personal top 10 favorite films of all time. I'm not a big fan of the rest of his stuff.
     
  10. Obi-Wan's Apparition

    Obi-Wan's Apparition Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    I'm only going to go with films he actually directed:

    1). Star Wars
    2). American Graffiti
    3). The Phantom Menace
    4). Revenge of the Sith
    5). THX-1138
    6). Attack of the Clones (I kinda feel bad letting this languish in last)
     
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  11. grd4

    grd4 Jedi Master star 4

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    Directed

    1. THX-1138
    2. Revenge of the Sith
    3. Star Wars
    4. American Graffiti
    5. The Phantom Menace
    6. Attack of the Clones


    Franchise-perspective

    1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    2. The Empire Strikes Back
    3. Revenge of the Sith
    4. Star Wars
    5. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    7. The Phantom Menace
    8. Attack of the Clones
    9. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    10. Return of the Jedi
     
  12. Obi-Wan's Apparition

    Obi-Wan's Apparition Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Interesting...

    Not to put you on the spot, but what makes you put THX on top? Based on other responses only one other person had it near the top. Ranking it that high is definitely an outlier. I'm just curious. I haven't seen it in about a decade and you might be able to give me a new perspective on it. :)
     
  13. Mr. Forest

    Mr. Forest Force Ghost star 5

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    1. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
    2. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
    3. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
    4. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
    5. The Land Before Time
    6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    7. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
    8. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clone
    9. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
    10. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    11. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    12. Willow
    13. Red Tails
    14. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
    15. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
    16. Howard the Duck
    17. Ewoks: The Battle of Endor
    18. Star Wars: The Holiday Special
     
  14. grd4

    grd4 Jedi Master star 4

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    Obi-Wan's Apparition: I'm not an erudite fellow--all I can say is that with THX, Lucas delved into the Hero's Journey cosmology with an approach that draws me like catnip: the despairing, stark 70s aesthetic. Everything about it is masterful; I place it alongside Tarkovsky's Solaris and the John Hurt-led 1984 adaptation in the pantheon of intimate SF character pieces. It's so raw and naked a chronicle. The scene where Robert Duvall tethers himself to Maggie McOmie within the void is the loveliest, most haunting passage Lucas ever directed (the second being Padme's Ruminations, in the criminally underrated Revenge of the Sith).

    I recommend that everyone revisit Lucas's first and greatest masterpiece.
     
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  15. Sith-I-5

    Sith-I-5 Force Ghost star 6

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    Empire Strikes Back is at the top.

    Howard the Duck is likely at the bottom, but for me at the time, I put at least partial blame on whoever owns the rights to Donald Duck, for putting a stop on using the Howard the Duck comic appearance in the films, which forced the protagonist's stumpy look.
     
  16. -NaTaLie-

    -NaTaLie- Jedi Grand Master star 4

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  17. Jarren_Lee-Saber

    Jarren_Lee-Saber Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    1.) Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
    2.) Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
    3.) Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
    4.) Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
    5.) Red Tails
    6.) Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
    7.) Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
    8.) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    9.) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    10.) American Graffiti
    11.) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
    12.) THX 1138
    13.) Star Wars: The Clone Wars (movie)
    14.) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    15.) Willow
    16.) Star Wars Holiday Speical
     
  18. Jarren_Lee-Saber

    Jarren_Lee-Saber Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Follow up to my rankings post. I saw American Graffiti, THX 1138, Red Tails, and Williow for the first time today!

    Loved Red Tails (no idea why everyone ranks it so low), HATED Williow. Found American Graffiti & THX 1138 to be resoundingly meh. THX feels like it's trying to copy Kubrick's 2001, and that makes it awful (as 2001: A Space Odyssey is my personal "worst film ever made"). American Graffiti seems utterly pointless, and may have one of the worst soundtracks I've ever heard.
     
  19. Darth-Seldon

    Darth-Seldon Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    1. The Empire Strikes Back
    2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    3. Star Wars: A New Hope
    4. Temple of Doom
    5. Return of the Jedi
    6. The Last Crusade
    5. THX 1138
    6. Revenge of the Sith
    7. American Grafitti
    8. Attack of the Clones
    9. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    10. The Phantom Menance
    11. Red Tails
     
  20. PymParticles

    PymParticles Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I haven't stopped throwing up since I read this
     
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  21. Jarren_Lee-Saber

    Jarren_Lee-Saber Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Good for you.
     
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  22. Fruit Pastilles

    Fruit Pastilles Jedi Knight star 3

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    This is such a childish attitude. You may not like it, you may find it boring, but to call it the "worstest movie ever" is just immature. It's clearly not that bad if it's as massively influential as it was, so widely-acclaimed, won an Oscar and was nominated for three other Oscars in a time when sci-fi was not taken very seriously, and has inspired thousands of filmmakers as well as probably hundreds of movies.

    You can't look me straight in the eye and say 2001: A Space Odyssey is worse than some **** like The Room.
     
  23. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 6

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    Star Wars, OT


    Everything else
     
  24. RogueZero

    RogueZero Jedi Master star 2

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    THX-1138 is pretty damn good. The only truly magnificent films he directed were American Graffiti and Star Wars (ANH).

    As a producer or writer, the 3 original Indy films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and Willow were the best stuff he did. And I did like Kingdom of the Crystal Skull so I suppose you could add that too.
     
  25. SW Saga Fan

    SW Saga Fan Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Well, I haven't see everything that Lucas as made. So I'll only rank what I've seen so far.

    1. The Star Wars saga (Episodes I-VI);
    2. The Indiana Jones Trilogy (I'm excluding here Kingdom of the Crystal Skull);
    3. The Clone Wars animated series from 2008;
    4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    5. Strange Magic